Monday, December 15, 2014

Bookish Discussion: Book Boyfriend's (or lack thereof) in 2014

I was putting together my Top Ten lists of 2014 and usually my favorite list to put together is book boyfriends. I mean who doesn't want to gush over book boys?! The problem I've run in to is that in 2014 I found a distinctive lack of swoony boys.

Basically 2014 in a nutshell.

 There were some truly great male characters in 2014, especially male leads, but none of them screamed that they HAD to be on the list. It was more of a whisper that maybe they should make it. If I have the space....and I feel like it.

2014 was really the year of the Heroine. I think the distinctive lack of book boyfriends was because heroines took center stage. Male counterparts were relegated to background status. And choosing a guy wasn't the central point of many of the stories I read. I wasn't forced to pick a team in 2014. And you know what? I liked that!

So this makes me wonder will this trend continue in to 2015? After already reading a few books with slated release dates in 2015 I believe this trend will be continuing in to the foreseeable future. The market was tired of picking a team. They were tired of girls relying on guys to save them. Ladies are now saving themselves (or being saved by another lady) and I'm glad for that! It's about time.

Still, this trend has made my list making rather hard so I'm going to hold out hope that 2015 will be the year that strong female/male leads can find strong male/female leads and form semi-healthy, swoony, relationships. It's a long shot but here's to hoping!


  1. I like the idea of girls doing it for themselves and saving themselves! But sometimes it is nice to be picking a team and having some males take lead too. I hope we can find that balance.

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  2. I know what you mean. I definitely haven't had any real male characters that I felt like yes I am in love! I wasn't too thrilled with YA this year in general give or take a few. I just didn't find that this year. Great post!

    1. You're right, I wasn't too impressed with YA in general this year either. There were a few stand outs but overall I had an overwhelmingly 3-star year.

  3. I noticed this too, YA books haven't been overwhelmed with romance and I didn't actually mind. There have been a lot more kick ass female leads who don't need a male to do their dirty work.

    Great post, it really made me think!